2001-08-11 / Columnists

LOOKING BACKWARD What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

LOOKING BACKWARD
What The Wave Said 20 Years Ago This Week

Planning is underway to convert some of the unused hangers at Floyd Bennett Field in the Gateway National Park for use as shelters this coming winter for people removed from city institutions.

"Community School Board 27’s budget from the Board of Education is a sham," says school board vice president James Conway Sullivan. "The budget will not allow for enough guidance counselors, security or other essentials to educate our children."

Free bus transfers put into use last week by five private bus companies do not include the buses that run to Rockaway, according to a statement by the city’s Bureau of Franchises.

Gloria Warshofsky, the president of the Bayswater Civic Association and City Councilman Walter Ward were honored at the organization’s installation dinner last week.

Leslie Schwartz, the daughter of Stephen and Jacqueline Schwartz of Rockaway Beach, has become engaged to Robert Parker, the son of Edward and Dorothy Parker of Howard Beach. A June, 1983 wedding is planned.

Two officers from the 100 Precinct anti-crime team, detective Robert DeLeon and patrolman Donald Moran, have been accepted to the Honor Legion of the New York City Police Department. They will be inducted later this year.

Mal Bodenlos, who had led thousands of Rockaway youngsters through "spring training," once again led a group of young boys through the first days of baseball practice at O’Donahue Park in Far Rockaway. Bodenlos has been active in Rockaway youth sports for more than 25 years.

Summer school students at JHS 198 in Arverne spent most of their summer on the beach, studying environmental issues under the tutelage of teachers Dave Traum, Steve Suffin, Rochelle Watnick and Phyllis Greenberg.

Young Israel of Belle Harbor will celebrate its 15 Anniversary with a gala dinner. To be honored at the dinner will be Irving and Mildred Dworessky of Rockaway Park.

Anthony Capone, Raymond Alfonso and Steven Silverman were among the Far Rockaway High School graduates who won awards at the school’s recent graduation exercises.

What The Wave Said 30 Years Ago This Week

It’s getting so nothing seems sacred anymore. Vandals have made off with one of the stone markers at the base of a tree in Memorial Circle, Rockaway Park.

Walter Blum and Dean Georges went on a fishing expedition off Montauk last week and came home with 200 pounds of bluefish. Mates on the boats out of Captree ask $1.50 for one of the choppers. Around here the bid is only a dollar.

Padlocked, rusty gates greet visitors to the telephone business office in Far Rockaway. The office operations have been transferred to Jamaica, but the sight of those gates is unnerving when viewed for the first time.

Rivera’s marina on the shores of Barbadoes basin grows to look more and more like a Cape Cod scene with the passing of time.

The steamer Catskill, which had been tied up at the bulkhead at Beach 109th street most of the summer, has been an attraction for youngsters. Yesterday, its superstructure was a charred mass following a fire Tuesday night.

Construction on the new playground for the Public School 42 is progressing well and could be in use early in the fall term.

The reported sinking of the buildings that comprise the Beach 41st street housing project has been found to have no basis in fact, according to H. Irving Sigman, Queens Superintendent of the Buildings Department.

Tom Hetzel, Rockaway’s champion marathon swimmer, will leave by jet airliner Tuesday to prepare for his fourth and possibly fifth English Channel swim, to tie Florence Chdwick’s record, and also make a new one.

Captain Charles McNulty, commander of the 100th precinct reports that a large amount of counterfeit $10 bills have been passed to merchants in the Rockaway Park business district. The United States Sectret Service and the Treasury Department has sent agents to the area to assist in identifying the passer.

What The Wave Said 40 Years Ago This Week

Threatening weather last Wednesday afternoon posed a problem for Moe Engelsberg. As chairman of the Rockaway Fireworks Committee, he had to decide whether or not to send the barge out to sea to put on the show. "It was tough on my ulcers," he said. It will be remembered that the show went on.

George Henglein of Beach 88th street was a motorman on the old trolley line that used to run from Far Rockaway station to the beach. Julian D. Smith, a former Rockawayite, did a piece about the old line for a recent edition of the "Long Island Forum."

People in business offices on Beach 116th street, particularly in the Blum insurance office, found it entertaining to watch others wade barefoot to rescue their cars when lakes formed during the heavy rains last week.

Almost 1,000 teenagers are expected to attend the Miss Aloha Teen Dance at the Breezy Point Surf Club August 23 when a Teen Queen will be selected to enter the Miss America Teen-Ager contest. Proceeds of the affair will aid the Rockaway Point Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

What The Wave Said 50 Years Ago This Week

Hearings have been going on day and night this week in the Queens Supreme Court in Jamaica in the knockdown and drag out fight led by James A. Roe. Democratic boss, against party insurgents supporting the candidacy of District Attorney Charles P. Sullivan for Queens County Judge.

The Reverend Domenic K. Ciannella was welcomed by more than 200 parishioners and friends last week when he became rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Patchogue. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vito Ciannella of Far Rockaway.

Patrolman Sam Gallagher of the Rockaway Beach (100th) precinct and resident of Beach 85th street, saved a 15 year old male from death last week as the youth nearly drowned in the waters off Seaside.

Dorsey F. Short, assistant editor of the Wave and inquiring photographer and columnist of the "Short Wave Quiz" is spending his vacation in Springfield, Ohio.


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